Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani on Sunday accepted his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh’s invitation to watch the World Cup semi-final between the cricket teams of the two countries at Mohali on 30th March.
The decision was taken following a meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and Gilani, which began at midnight last night and lasted for about two hours.
At the meeting, it was decided that “in response to the Indian Prime Minister’s invitation, the Prime Minister of Pakistan will visit India to witness the semi-final (of World Cup) between the two cricket teams,” Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said.He said that Pakistan had already welcomed Dr. Singh’s invitation to Zardari and Gilani to watch the match.
‘The News’ daily, meanwhile, quoted its sources as saying that Gilani would informally meet Singh during the match and a formal meeting would be held after the game.
Separately, ‘The Nation’ newspaper quoted its sources as saying that Gilani would pay a two-day visit to India for a fresh round of “cricket diplomacy.”
It said that Gilani’s decision to accept Singh’s invitation has been conveyed to New Delhi through diplomatic channels.